Ben Zoleski: Guitar/Bass/Ukulele/Piano
Ben Zoleski has been active with music since he was 8 years old. When he picked up the guitar at the age of 13, he knew he had found his calling. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, he has become familiar with all different styles but finds his home in blues and classic rock. Training with such excellent teachers as Jon Finn, Jon Baboian, Joe Stump, Sal DiFusco, and Julien Kasper, he has been fortunate to learn from some of the best guitarists to have graced the music world. He has been in several bands in Boston and New York, with his project, The Phobia, performing at many venues including Boston's Fenway Park. He approaches music in a different way, doing everything he can to get into the soul of music, and learn all he can from his peers, his heros, and even his students. Ben is excited to be teaching with the family at Modern Day Music, and seeks to give his students the best education they can get.
Lesley O’Donnell: Voice
Lesley O'Donnell is a graduate of the Rome School of Music at Catholic University in Washington DC and has studied at NYU and TVI Actor's studio where she honed her craft under the guidance of broadway directors and musicians. Lesley's studies allowed her the opportunity to sing across the country on stages such as The Kennedy Center, Surflight Theatre and in the National Touring Companies of Camelot, School House Rock Live and If You Give A Pig A Pancake to name a few. Her musical experience is not limited only to the Broadway style. Lesley is trained classically and in modern pop styles as well. She brings her experience to the lesson room to aid students with audition preparation, sight singing, repertoire building and vocal exploration. Lesley's main goal as a vocal coach is to nurture a love of music in her students while giving them the tools they need to become confident and healthy singers!
Stephen Struss: Drums/Studio
Stephen Struss is a drummer, percussionist and music producer from the Capital District of New York. An orchestrally-trained musician since middle school, Steve holds a bachelors degree in the Music Business with a concentration on Performance and Production from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. With experience and a love for genrés ranging from rock and pop to hip-hop, funk and jazz, his already extensive performance career has taken him coast to coast playing with artists on some of the biggest stages; from SXSW, The Vans Warped Tour, Rockstar Energy Tour, CMJ Music Fest and many more. As an educator since 2008, Steve continues to help guide drummers, new and old, through their own musical path by focusing on musicianship, proper technique, introducing new and diverse music styles and of course, having fun!
Jennifer Kim: Piano
Jennifer Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea, where she began playing the piano at the age of five. After attending a music school in Vladivostok, Russia for one year, she moved to Long Island, New York with her family. Jennifer continued her classical training in piano with Lisa Kim, a former Juilliard graduate and faculty at the Stony Brook Prep School. Later, she would study under Seunghee Pae, professor at the Manhattan School of Music. In 2010, she was accepted at Skidmore College as one of five Filene Music Scholars and began studying with Dr. Pola Baytelman. During her time at Skidmore, she was greatly inspired by her professors and decided to utilize her passion for music to educate and inspire others as well. Jennifer has been performing in numerous solo, chamber music and orchestral concerts throughout her musical career at various venues including churches, Carnegie Hall and City Hall of Vienna in Austria. She is always excited to bring every student the joy of learning music in the genre that is most comfortable for them. From beginners to advanced students, Jennifer wants to make the learning experience fun at Modern Day Music, all the while improving the student in his/her skills!
Katie Kreidler: Voice
Katie Kreidler is a graduate of The Greatbatch School of Music at Houghton College. She began singing at the age of seven, and has discovered her calling as a performer, singer-songwriter, musician and voice coach. Katie received classical vocal training as a soprano as well as professional coachings in musical theater. She made her debut with the Houghton Lyric Theater, starring as Christine Daae in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera and has performed on stages such as The Tri-Cities Opera, and as a featured artist in concert at the Terra Cotta. Katie brings versatility and excitement in her approach to voice, offering styles from jazz to musical theater, and from classical opera to pop YouTube covers. As a self-taught guitarist and pianist, she encourages her students to follow their hearts - whether that means jamming out with friends for fun or becoming a professional musician. Katie loves sharing her passion for music with her students and seeks to provide them with knowledge and vocal technique that will allow them discover their fullest potential as a vocalist!
Tony Garza: Guitar/Bass/Ukulele
Tony Garza has been playing and writing music for most of his life starting at age 8 with the trumpet. At age 13 he got the rock and roll bug, picked up the guitar and has never looked back. Tony attended SUNY Fredonia to study Music Education where he mastered Music Theory, Aural Skills. and many different instruments. Throughout his journey he has studied various styles of music including Rock, Blues, and Jazz. Tony has performed throughout the Northeast from Rhode Island to Vermont and also produced his Hip Hop influenced group T-KA 6. Coming from a very diverse background he has a unique perspective on music and applies that in his teaching. His youthful approach makes lessons both fun and educational. Tony enjoys working with the wonderful staff at MDM and aims to help his students achieve their goals with a smile from ear to ear.